Odell Beckham Jr. may not be playing in Sunday’s Divisional Round playoff game with the Browns, but he certainly has all the confidence in the world of his teammates.
Despite going up against Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium as 10-point underdogs, the star wide receiver believes things may not going the way everyone expects.
“Don’t be surprised this weekend when they win,” he tweeted on Thursday afternoon. “Just throwin it out there now.”
Beckham is not shy about making bold predictions. Prior to the 2020 season, he said it would be his best one yet.
That, unfortunately for Beckham, did not come to fruition as he tore his ACL in a Week 7 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, which ended his season.
Nobody seems to be giving the Browns a chance this weekend, though, despite upsetting the Steelers in a 48-37 victory last weekend in the franchise’s first playoff game in 17 years.
Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool – perhaps still disgruntled from the loss -- said the Browns would get “clapped” by the Chiefs and even Kansas City receiver Sammy Watkins dismissed the Browns as a competitive matchup for them in response to a fan on Twitter.
The Browns appeared to have fed off the bulletin board material Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster gave them when he said last week “the Browns are the Browns,” which quarterback Baker Mayfield referenced in an Instagram post hours before the game.
While Beckham is not healthy enough to take the field and back up his claims, he is a believer in the Browns, along with former Cleveland offensive lineman Joe Thomas, who believes the Browns will shock the AFC and head to the Super Bowl – if they do the right things like run the ball and limit turnovers.
Perhaps the Browns are the team of destiny this year. We’ll just have to wait and see.